Clockwise from top left: Graham Norton, Ryan Tubridy, John Humphreys and Seán O’Rourke
In the UK (population 65m, 13x Ireland), the BBC publishes the list of staff paid £150,000+ (€168,000) a year in the year to April 2019 (that is, for a period which ended three months ago)….
John Humphrys, a titan of broadcasting whose daily 3-hour radio show gets around 5m listeners is paid £290,000 (€325,000)
In Ireland, Sean O’Rourke was paid €308,964 by loss-making RTE in the year to December 2016.
Meanwhile, Graham Norton only gets £610,000 while the mediocrity on the loss-making RTE Late Late Show gets €495,000 (excluding royalties on his book which exploits the Toy Show “jumper” thing)?
Also if the BBC can publish presenter salaries within 3 months of the year end, why does it take loss-making RTE 22 months?
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